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The gigantic figure of Fox strides across an ocean, the right foot planted on land inscribed 'East Indias', the left on land inscribed 'Loyalty'. He stands full-face, in his clenched right fist he holds out a sheaf of thunderbolts inscribed 'Defiance', his left hand rests on his hip. He wears a crown composed of playing-cards, the three principal cards being the ace of clubs, the knave of clubs, and the ace of diamonds. On the crown are also the letters 'v' and 'p'.
On the ground at his feet minute figures are variously engaged: on the left (in the 'East Indias') a circle of orientals prostrate themselves before a sun with a face on it inscribed 'Pitt' which rises above a mountainous horizon inscribed 'Mountains of the East'; round the sun are the words 'Rising under ye', followed by a crown.
On the opposite side is a scene in front of the hustings in Covent Garden. The Duchess of Devonshire, looking up at Fox, holds a number of threads attached to the noses of a crowd of electors, one of whom holds a flag inscribed 'Indept Electors'; a hat with a fox's brush is hoisted on its staff. The Duchess holds in her right hand a flag inscribed 'Woman of the People'. Behind her a butcher (inscribed 'Butcher') advances threateningly with a knife or club.
Beneath the design is inscribed, 'The Materials that form'd this Image came from Holland & by A number of loose principled people was Sett up & Worship'd in A most Idolatrous manner this attracted that part of the people calld the Mob [as much as a preceding Image known by its bad shape & squinting Phiz] Untill the Northern Apostacy!! when many returned to their Establishd Worship & it's thought like other Objects its popularity will soon sink into Oblivion as its foundation is extremly Precarious and Tottering.' 28 May 1784
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Height: 343 millimetres
Width: 242 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
This satirical account of Fox refers to his unpopular father, Lord Holland, the 'public defaulter of unaccounted millions', cf. BMSat 4299, 4842, &c, and compares his popularity, until the Coalition with North, with that of Wilkes. For his India Bill see BMSat 6271, &c. His election is attributed to the canvassing of the Duchess of Devonshire, see BMSat 6588, &c. For the popularity of the king's intervention cf. BMSat 6405, &c.
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